I have been asked a few times what the impact on copyright is of the current political turmoil. The general feeling is that even before the current situation, the economic crisis would already have pushed issues like copyright to the back burner of any party. It has been stated by much better political observers than I am that, even while mentioned in the recent throne speech and in the Conservative party platform, that copyright won't show up any time soon.
It is very hard for me to not comment on the turmoil itself. When the Conservative party decided to use the economic update as a toy to test the resolve of a weak Liberal party with a lame-duck leader, they gave up the right to govern the country in a time of crisis.
While I realize that partisan Conservatives feel differently, I am of the opinion that best thing to restore government stability in this time of crisis is to allow the coalition to govern.
A coalition is not something all that new or surprising, and anyone who thinks it is un-Canadian or that we should return to the polls should take a refresher high-school civics class. We live in Canada, and it is embarrassing how many people have been buying into the false statements about our democratic system being made by Conservative partisans. It shouldn't matter what political party you personally support, you should still be aware of how our representative parliamentary system works.
Harper's desire to prorogue and not let the house sit until January will only delay the inevitable, and cause greater political and economic instability. In his speech last night he gave no indication of acknowledging the mistake he made. He was not apologetic of using an economic update as a political toy at a time of economic crisis, but instead falsely claimed that he was protecting the interests of Canada rather than admitting he was only protecting his personal political future.
One interesting possibility is that Charlie Angus could become one of the 6 NDP MPs that would be in cabinet if the coalition government is formed. Think about the forward-looking possibilities if the MP who best understands the needs of creators in new media were to become the Heritage Minister?